Mark-Anthony Zuniga, undergraduate academic advisor for the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been named as one of three UT Austin employees to receive the Regents Outstanding Employee Award.
This award was created in 2016 to recognize full-time, benefits eligible, non-faculty employees that have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their job. Equal consideration is made to employees across all job categories. Selection is based on the impact the employee has made on their individual job and how this impact has helped improve their institution.
Zuniga's role as the undergraduate academic adviser for all theatre and dance majors begins at orientation and extends to graduation. He advises students on degree requirements, academic policies and university resources. Zuniga also assists non-majors on theatre and dance course options. He has a B.F.A. in directing from Texas State University and an M.A. in adult and higher education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is excited to be in a position that uses both of his degrees. He is a big supporter of the students and tries to attend several student shows each semester. He says he loves working for the Department of Theatre and Dance because he gets to interact with talented faculty members, staffers and students who are passionate about fine arts.
Thirty awards are given out each year across the fourteen UT System institutions plus the UT System Administration. The winners receive a Chancellor’s challenge coin, a certificate, a monetary award and an invitation for the awardee and a guest to a luncheon ceremony in Austin. This year's award ceremony will take place on May 14.